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90
Rolling Stone
The actors make it unique and unforgettable.
90
The raw intimacy of some of the scenes -- whether they take place at a diner, in the death house or in the bedroom -- is breathtaking.
88
Packs a dramatic wallop that makes it one of the year's best movies.
80
Variety
Burning with a quiet intensity, Monster's Ball is bolstered by a poetic, intelligent sensibility not seen in an American film since Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line."
75
Boston Globe
The kind of film that could easily be undone by its own high-minded ambitions and dissolve in a pall of uplift. But it stays the course and gives the season two of its notable performances.
75
Dark and beautifully directed melodrama about the strange intersection of racism and emotional need.
75
For all its darkness and tragedy, Monster's Ball is a film that wants to be liked and Forster stumbles over his good intentions to win the audience over.
70
Wall Street Journal
Halle Berry is something else as Leticia Musgrove, the widow of an inmate who's just been executed by Hank and his crew, and that something else is commandingly passionate.
60
The film's elliptical character development sometimes renders the actors' work opaque; restraint is an underpracticed virtue, but even it can be taken to excess.
40
New York Magazine (Vulture)
An arty sleepwalk. Thornton has developed a style of acting that goes beyond minimal into the near nonexistent.

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